A Guide to the Yale & Towne Manufacturing Company Collection, undated, 1869-2001

Yale & Towne Manufacturing Company Collection 2002.0113

Summary Information

Title
A Guide to the Yale & Towne Manufacturing Company Collection
Inclusive Dates
undated, 1869-2001
Extent
5.5 Linear Feet
Abstract
Yale & Towne Manufacturing Company was established in 1868 by Linus Yale and Henry Towne in Stamford, Connecticut. Yale & Towne Manufacturing was the leading employer in the Stamford, Connecticut, area for many years.
Call Number
2002.0113
Language
English
Finding Aid Prepared By
Francesca Ford.
Repository
University of Connecticut Libraries 405 Babbidge Road Unit 1205 Storrs, Connecticut 06269-1205 archives@uconn.edu URL:

Preferred Citation

[Item description, #:#], Yale & Towne Manufacturing Company Collection. Archives & Special Collections at the Thomas J. Dodd Research Center,  University of Connecticut Libraries.

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Access and Use

Acquisition Information

Collected by the Yale & Towne Project and University of Connecticut--Stamford students and presented to the Jeremy Richard Library in July 2002. Transferred to Arcvhives & Special Collections by Jeremy Richard Library in December 2015.

Access Restrictions

The collection is open and available for research.

Preferred Citation

[Item description, #:#], Yale & Towne Manufacturing Company Collection. Archives & Special Collections at the Thomas J. Dodd Research Center,  University of Connecticut Libraries.

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • Yale & Towne Manufacturing Company

Genre(s)

  • Artifacts (objects genre)
  • Periodicals
  • Correspondence
  • Video recordings
  • Clippings (information artifacts).
  • Maps (documents)
  • Oral histories (document genres)

Geographic Name(s)

  • Stamford (inhabited place)
  • Connecticut (state)

Subject(s)

  • Hardware
  • Locks and keys
  • Trademarks
  • Interviews
  • Manufactures
  • Labor
  • History

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History

Yale & Towne Manufacturing Company was established in 1868 by Linus Yale and Henry Towne in Stamford, Connecticut. Linus Yale was the inventor of the tumbler lock. He died in New York on December 24, 1868, never knowing that his company would become the leading manufacturer of locks in the world. Henry Towne expanded the company from locks to materials handling in 1875. Yale & Towne Manufacturing was the leading employer in the Stamford, Connecticut, area.

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Scope and Content

The collection contains a broad range of materials documenting building history, union strikes, and employee memoirs at the Yale & Towne Manufacturing Company in  Stamford, Connecticut, including correspondence, newspaper articles, magazine articles, oral history audio tapes, photographs, video tapes, maps and artifacts.

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Related Materials

Separated Material

These titles are located in Box 7.

Hennessy, Thomas F.   Locks and lockmakers of America.  Rev. 3rd. ed.  Park Ridge, Ill.:   Locksmith Publishing Corp., c1997. Call Number 3

#887: The Yale & Towne Manufacturing Company vs. Yale's Hardware Store. Appellant's brief. Superior Court, No. 43277. June 26, 1934  Fairfield County, CT:  Supreme Court of Errors of the State of Connecticut. October Term, 1934. Call Number 4

Same as above, except instead of Appellant's brief, the title is: Plaintiff's appeal from Superior Court for Fairfield County. (2 copies) Call Number 5

Fifty Years of a Successful Industry, 1868-1918.  Stamford, CT:   Yale & Towne Manufacturing Company, c1919. Call Number 2

History of the Trade-Mark "Yale."  4th edition .  Stamford, CT:   Yale & Towne Manufacturing Company, c1930. Call Number 1

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Collection Inventory

Series I: History, undated, 1878-2001 

Scope and Content Note

Series I: History (undated, 1878 - 2001) consists of maps, photographs, and videotape.

History, undated, 1874, 1933-1934, 1941, 1978 


    boxfolder
Mixed Materials   11

Building,19th Century photographs and negatives, undated 


    boxfolder
Mixed Materials   12

box

[Staff] Photographs (3 10 x 12 inch, B&W), undated 

3

Building site, Sanborn map (photograph), 1908 


    boxfolder
Mixed Materials   13

Henry Street building, construction, 1920 


    boxfolder
Mixed Materials   14

Demolition, photographs and negatives, 1981 November - 1982 


    boxfolder
Graphic Materials   15

Site photographs 1982 


    boxfolder
Graphic Materials   16

Building history, environmental impact statement draft 1983 


    boxfolder
Text   17

Building photographs and negatives 2001 March  


    boxfolder
Graphic Materials   18

Site Photographs from Christine Irwin, 2000 May 5 


    boxfolder
Graphic Materials   19

National Register Nomination, and correspondence, 1980 


    boxfolder
Mixed Materials   110

Urban Development Action Grant/Newspaper article "Developer Abandons Plan for Yale & Towne Project", 1979-1981 


    boxfolder
Mixed Materials   111

Historic Neighborhood News 1994, 2000-2001 


    boxfolder
Text   112

Employee sports 1922-1923, 1927 


    boxfolder
Text   113

Hogan Family 1949, 2000 


    boxfolder
Text   114

Mehan family, 1939, 2000 


    boxfolder
Text   115

Apprentice school undated, 1900, 1909, 1926, 1994 


    boxfolder
Mixed Materials   116

Employee memoirs 1938-2001 


    boxfolder
Text   117

The Magazine of Management 1948 Fall 


    boxfolder
Text   118

Lock Museum, Terryville, CT 2002 January  


    boxfolder
Graphic Materials   119
    box
moving images   6

"Wages and Hours of Work in the Lock and Wood Screw Industries", State of Connecticut, Department of Labor, 1937 May 


    boxfolder
Text   120

Advertising ("We Cut the Finest Keys", photographs of commerical key sign) undated 


    boxfolder
Graphic Materials   121

box

Saturday Evening Post Advertisements, 1910 September 24 and October 15 

Scope and Content Note

"Linus Yale, Jr., Lock Expert" "Mr. Never-Close-the Door, Mr. Always-Slam-the-Door-Goodbye"

3

Litigation undated, 1932, 1934-1935 


    boxfolder
Text   122

box

"Birds Eye View Stamford" [photo reproduction], 1883 

3

Daily Advocate supplememt, 1912 April 3 

3

Yale and Towne articles, Stamford Advocate undated, 1941 

3
oversize

"Plot Plan of Yale & Towne Mfg. Co.", map mounted on plywood, 1921 March 

OS
box

"Stamford" Beers Atlas [photo reproduction], 1878 

3

Tour of Yale and Towne factory site led by Renee Kahn for University of Connecticut History 211 class (2 copies) 2001 April 

6

History of the trade-mark "Yale" 1930 

7

Semi-Centennial Souvenir, 1868-1918 1919 

7

Locks and Lockmakers of America 1997 

7

Supreme Court of Errors of the State of Connecticut: The Yale & Towne Manufacturing Company vs. Yale's Hardware Store 1934 

7

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Series II: Oral Histories undated, 1874-2001 

Scope and Content Note

Series II: Oral Histories and Employee Memoirs (undated, 1874 - 2001) consists of audio tapes collected by University of Connecticut students, as well as photographs and newspaper clippings donated to the  Yale & Towne Project by former employees. A portion of the audio cassettes have been migrated to digital format.

Ann Durland Files, 1870-1966 


    boxfolder
Mixed Materials   441

Scope and Content Note

Clippings, correspondence, publications, copies of photographs

Employee badge, Lucy Bivona, 1943 


    boxfolder
Realia   442

Oral histories 2001 

Ed Chrostowski 2001 July 


    boxfolder
Text   643
    box
Audio   5
Digital Object

Ed Chrostowski: 2001 July


Bruno Cornelio, 2001 May 


    boxfolder
Text   644
    box
Audio   5
Digital Object

Bruno Cornelio,: 2001 May


Helen Gacher Cossette, 2001 May 


    boxfolder
Text   645
    box
Audio   5
Digital Object

Helen Gacher Cossette,: 2001 May


box

Jean Davis, 2001 May 11 

5

Ann Duplex, 2001 May 

5

Ann Durland,  2001 May 


    boxfolder
Text   648
    box
Audio   5

Jane Karwoski, 2001 May 


    box
Audio   5
    boxfolder
Text   650
Digital Object

Jane Karwoski,: 2001 May


John Valmis,  Ann Durland, and  Frank Spisinski (from video interview) 2001 August 


    box
moving images   6
    box
Audio   5
    boxfolder
Text   649
Digital Object

John Valmis, Ann Durland, and Frank Spisinski (from video interview): 2001 August


Lucy Bivona Morabito, 2001 May 


    box
Audio   5
    boxfolder
Text   652
Digital Object

Lucy Bivona Morabito,: 2001 May


Carmine Salvatore and  Dominic Sabia, 2001 August 


    box
Audio   5
    boxfolder
Text   653
Digital Object

Carmine Salvatore and Dominic Sabia,: 2001 August


Ron Salvatore, 2001 May 


    box
Audio   5
    boxfolder
Text   654

Frank Spisinski, 2001 May 


    box
Audio   5
    boxfolder
Text   655
Digital Object

Frank Spisinski,: 2001 May


Jerome Sturm, 2002 March, August 


    box
Audio   5
    boxfolder
Text   656
Digital Object

Jerome Sturm,: 2002 March, August


Charles Vail, 2001 May 12 


    boxfolder
Text   658
    box
Audio   5

Julius Wilensky, 2001 May 15, 2002 March 


    boxfolder
Text   659
    box
Audio   5
Digital Object

Julius Wilensky,: 2001 May 15, 2002 March


box

Frank Merlino 2001 May 

5

Alexander R. Koproski 2002 August 

5

John Valmis 2002 March 

5

Paul Lee 2001 May 15 


    boxfolder
Text   651

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Series III: Strike Documents, 1890, 1945-1946, 1988 

Scope and Content Note

Series III: Strike History (1869 - 1988) contains newspaper articles collected by University of Connecticut students and research conducted by  David Kelly for his thesis at  Yale University entitled "The Strike at Yale & Towne and the Stamford General Strike" which is also included in the collection.

Strike 1890 

box
2
folder
23

Employees, Union organization 1971 


    boxfolder
Text   224

"The Strike at Yale & Towne and the Stamford General Strike", David Kelly thesis  1988 May 18 


    boxfolder
Mixed Materials   225

box

Research Notebook Volume I, U.S. Labor, Connecticut labor,  Yale & Towne Manufacturing Company 1933-1988 

2

Research Notebook Volume II, IAM, NLRB 1943-1945 

2

Research Notebook Volume III, Correspondence, Press coverage 1945-1946 

4

"Unions in a Company Town", Newspaper article 1983 October 30 


    boxfolder
Mixed Materials   226

box

Life Magazine 1946 January 14 

3

Stamford Advocate articles 1869-1947 

 1869-1870 


    boxfolder
Text   227

 1873-1874 


    boxfolder
Text   228

 1890 


    boxfolder
Text   229

 1892 


    boxfolder
Text   230

 1894 


    boxfolder
Text   231

 1945 March - May 


    boxfolder
Text   232

 1945 September - October 


    boxfolder
Text   233

 1945 November - December 


    boxfolder
Text   234

 1946 January 


    boxfolder
Text   235

 1946 February 


    boxfolder
Text   236

 1946 March 


    boxfolder
Text   237

 1946 April 


    boxfolder
Text   238

 1947 February 


    boxfolder
Text   239

Strike accounts (New York, Bridgeport and Stamford, Connecticut papers), 1945 November - 1946 April 


    boxfolder
Text   440

Scope and Content Note

Sturm Scrapbook

box

"On the Labor Front" and Yale and Towne Strike" 1946 January 

6

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